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Thu
25
Aug

James Roy 'Chip' Beistle, 1948 - 2016

James Roy 'Chip' Beistle, former Bristow resident, passed away June 22, 2016, in Antelope, Calif. at the age of 68, after a courageous battle with cancer. He was Bristow's New Year's baby, born on January 1, 1948, to Robert Roy and Evelyn Rusher Beistle. Chip attended Edison Grade School through the fifth grade when the family moved to Sacramento, Calif. He graduated in 1966 from Johnson High School. Jim served 4 years in the U.S. Air Force. After his service he was self-employed as owner of Statewide Safety Consultants. He later retired from Home Depot as customer service rep. Jim married his best friend Roselene Fitsgibbens, Oct. 15, 1988, in Roseville, Calif. They enjoyed traveling, hiking in the mountains, several cruises, but mostly the time spent with their family. Jim was a talented handy man, building many beautiful projects for their home. He was also a very accomplished photographer. In his late 50's, Jim learned and fell in love with the game of golf.

Thu
25
Aug

Nelda Karleen Ongstad, 1940 - 2016

Nelda Karleen Ongstad was born May 23, 1940, to Virgil Monroe and Beulah Maude Ewing in Sasakwa. She departed this life Aug. 24, 2016, at the age of 76 years, three months and one day. Karleen attended school at Bristow Public Schools. She was united in marriage to Carl Ongstad on Dec. 7, 1999. They enjoyed many years together until his passing in 2009. Karleen enjoyed puzzles, reading books and music. She especially enjoyed dancing and had won trophies in jazz dancing contests. She is survived by one daughter, Shellie Melton and husband Rick of Tulsa; two sisters, Eutana Ruth Lovejoy of Seattle, Wash. and Ladona Matlock of Sapulpa; two granddaughters, Lisa Melton and Monica Bingley and seven great-grandchildren, Jessie, Marquetta, Shelby, Paris, Shawn, Jerry and one great great-grandchild, Daniel. Funeral services are scheduled for 2 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 27, 2016, at the Hutchins Maples Matherly Funeral Chapel with interment to follow at the Magnolia Memorial Gardens.

Tue
23
Aug

Jake McKay Johns, 1996 - 2016

Jake McKay Johns was born May 7, 1996, to Shane Johns and Jennifer Ashley Stockstill in Gulfport, Miss. He departed this life Aug. 20, 2016, at the age of 20 years, three months and 13 days. A 2014 graduate of Bristow High School, Jake was very active in football and baseball. His favorite sport was baseball, starting at third base all four years. He enjoyed going fishing when time would allow. Jake never met a stranger; his smile and laugh were contagious and could light up any room. Jake was a member of the Trinity Baptist Church and loved his church family. He was baptized May 12, 2013. He is survived by his mother, Jennifer Stockstill of Picayune, Miss.; father, Shane Johns and wife, Beth of Bristow; two brothers, Khalid Noaman of Picayune, Miss. and Nichols Johns of Bristow; four sisters, Catelyn Johns, Isabella Johns, Megan Coulter and Alyssa Coulter all of Bristow; maternal grandparents, James A.

Thu
18
Aug

Jess Willard McDowell, 1936 - 2016

Funeral services for Stroud resident, Jess McDowell, were held 2 p.m., Thursday, Aug.18, 2016, in the Olive First Baptist Church. His son, Rev. Tyler McDowell officiated along with several other ministers. Interment followed in the Stroud Cemetery at Stroud. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the care of Michael’s Funeral Home of Drumright. Jess Willard McDowell was born May 3, 1936, to Jess Hubert McDowell and Opal (Harjo) McDowell in Bearden. He departed this life at his residence on Aug. 15, 2016, at the age of 80 years, three months, and two days. A graduate of Butner High School, he excelled in baseball as the catcher and basketball as point guard. One of his great joys was playing alongside his best friend, Leon. Jess retired from OG&E as a line foreman and had pastored numerous churches in Oklahoma as well. He also preached revivals all over the country as an evangelist. Jess was an accomplished race horse trainer and owner.

Tue
16
Aug

Nancy Jane Spencer, 1943 - 2016

 

Tue
16
Aug

Billy Gibson Dearman, 1941 - 2016

Billy Gibson Dearman was born May 20, 1941, to Earnest Woodrow and Wanda Odell Dearman in Okemah. He departed this life July 3, 2016, at the age of 75 years, one month and 13 days. He spent his youth in Okemah then moved to Jal, N.M., where he attended high school. He had also lived in French Camp, Calif. before deciding to move to Bristow and raise his family. He had worked many different jobs during his life but really took great pride in owning and operating Sooner Pipe Testing. Billy was also very involved in the Bristow Little League. He was league president for a few years as well as coaching for several years. He enjoyed gardening, tinkering on things and working with wood and genealogy. He was an avid Oklahoma Sooner fan but most of all he enjoyed attending his grandchildren’s events.

Tue
16
Aug

Donald James Shattuck, 1939 - 2016

Donald James Shattuck was born Feb. 27, 1939, to James Frank and Anna Faye Shattuck in Bristow. He departed this life Aug. 12, 2016, at the age of 77 years, five months and 16 days. He was a graduate of Bristow High School. He served his country in the United States Air Force. He retired as an instructor at Spartan School of Aeronautics. He then went to work for American Airlines. Don enjoyed hunting, fishing, flying airplanes as well as buying planes and fixing them up to sell. When he was younger he raced stock cars. He also enjoyed taking leisure rides on his motorcycle. He is survived by his son, Silven Shattuck of Bristow; two sisters, Marie Setser of Tulsa and Sylvia Taylor also of Tulsa; one brother Bill Shattuck of Bristow. He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Charlie Shattuck and one sister, Hazel Earnhardt. Funeral services were scheduled for 11 a.m., Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2016, at the First Christian Church with Pastor Hugh Willoby officiating.

Tue
16
Aug

Bett y Louise Meadows, 1933 - 201

Betty Louise Meadows was born March 30, 1933, to Leo Zephaniah and Mildred Geneva Orcutt in Watchorn. She departed this life Aug. 14, 2016, at the age of 83 years, four months and 15 days. She graduated from Mortons Gap, Ky. She married Walter B. Meadows and enjoyed many years together before his passing in 1992. She was the owner and operator of Betty Lou’s BBQ in Depew. She enjoyed fishing, crocheting, coloring and playing the piano. She is survived by two daughters, Jackie Swinea and husband Cliff of Depew and Cindy Morton and husband Chris of Bristow; one son, Gary Meadows and husband Chuck Pearce of Tulsa; one sister, Pat Pleasant and husband Harlan of Bristow; eight grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, two brothers, L.D. Orcutt and Sammy Orcutt and three sisters, Jean Poulter, Lola Hicks and Molly Bennett. Funeral services are scheduled for 2 p.m., Thursday, Aug.

Thu
11
Aug

Hershal Witt, 1943 - 2016

Hershal Witt, 72, went home to be with the Lord at his Tulsa home after enduring an extended illness. Hershal had a deep faith and faced his illness with dignity and grace. For almost eight years he was bedfast. The last two years, he was unable to move his legs, limited use of left arm or feed himself. If you would ask him how he was doing, he would say "I'm doing fine", but always concerned about how you were doing. Hershal was born in Depew to Earl and Mabel Witt on Sept. 17, 1943. He served in the Army National Guard. He was a salesman for Taylor Paper Company and a member of the United Methodist Church of Bixby. He enjoyed the game of golf and working in his rose garden. He loved working with leather and played basketball till he wasn't able. He then enjoyed watching all the golf tournaments, college football and basketball. His favorite teams being OU, OSU and the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Tue
09
Aug

Margaret Frances Connor, 1925 -2016

Margaret Frances Connor was born Oct. 28, 1925, to William Thomas and Laura Rachel Bowman in Mammoth Spring, Ark. She departed this life Aug. 5, 2016, at the age of 90 years, nine months and eight days. She had made the Bristow area her residence for over 55 years. On April 1, 1950, James Elvis Connor Sr. and Margaret Frances Bowman were united in marriage. They enjoyed 43 years together before his passing on April 30, 1993. She retired from Miss Elaine’s Garment Factory after 39 years of employment. She was member of the Rebekah’s for over 50 years. She was an avid reader and enjoyed going out to eat and traveling. She is survived by three children, James Elvis Connor Jr. of Wewoka; Linda Alcorn and husband Larry of Bristow and Laura Henderson-Spradlin and husband Tom of Bristow; two brothers, Arthur Bowman of Sapulpa and Harold Bowman; three sisters, Shirley Moss of Bristow, Louise Baker of Wellington, Kan. and Edna Vickers of Houston, Texas.

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